Leeds United’s chief executive Angus Kinnear has confirmed that the club are in talks with Kalvin Phillips about a new contract – and some fans on Twitter have begged them to pay him what he wants to extend his stay.
His current deal with Elland Road expires in 2021, but he became a key figure last season following the arrival of manger Marcelo Bielsa.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder helped pull the strings in front of the backline, which has seen Premier League clubs reportedly circle for him.
Kinnear has publicly explained that Leeds want to keep their academy graduate for the long-term and that discussions have begun.
“We want him to play in the Premier League for Leeds United,” he told BBC Sport.
“We are talking about a new contract. We want to keep all our best players and Kalvin is part of the plan.”
A selection of Leeds supporters on social media want contract talks to be concluded swiftly for Phillips, as he would be a massive loss to them.
He breaks up play in the centre of the park and his quality in possession helps impose Bielsa’s passing style.
Phillips played in a pre-season fixture against Manchester United on Wednesday, which the Premier League giants won 4-0.
Here are some Leeds fans on Phillips:
If you want him and he wants us… Pay him… Bamford 40k kiko 50k something went wrong the night you agreed these
— GARFORTH WHITES WAKEY 1970 (@mmwgreen) July 17, 2019
Pay him what he deserves if we dont go up let the lad go simples!
— Mick grimes (@Mickgrimes2) July 17, 2019
Sign some quality players to help the lad out. He wants to stay build a team around him.
— David Haines (@SkyDaveLeeds) July 17, 2019
Any idea how close it is? I think this would round off the summer nicely
Jesus Christ pay him top wages, is this even a question?
— Stig Kjoesnes (@Stigkk) July 17, 2019
Then pay him what he’s worth to us and have done, this ownership has really gone down in my estimations this summer.
— Rich (@Rich1574) July 17, 2019
If they want Kalvin to play in the premiership with Leeds then we need to strengthen the team around him #lufc
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) July 17, 2019